Extended time on tests is one of the most highly used testing accommodations by students at Disability Services! According to Disability Services’ 2016-2017 annual report, out of 910 students eligible to receive testing accommodations, 327 students scheduled exams at the office. Students may choose to schedule one, several, or all of their tests with the office. During the 2016-2017 school year, there were 3832 exams proctored in total by Disability Services. In an effort to continually monitor the efficacy of the testing services provided, students who took their tests at the office were encouraged to take a post-test experience survey. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Disability Services had a response rate of 88% for this survey. The survey results from last year indicated that 75% of the students who took their tests with the office rated the testing experience as excellent.
Disability Services provides a variety of testing accommodations for Georgia State students with disabilities to help them fully demonstrate their abilities. According to the Glossary of Educational Reform, testing accommodations are any modifications made to tests or testing conditions that allow students with disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a testing situation (Great Schools Partnership, 2013). These accommodations may include extra time on tests, testing in a distraction reduced environment, provision of the test in an alternative format such as electronically or in braille, use of assistive technology on tests, etc. For implementation of these accommodations, the office has a designated testing area including individual rooms that are equipped with various auxiliary aids. Half of the testing rooms have computers with assistive technology on them for students who need to utilize it during tests. Furthermore, in cases where a student is approved to receive extended time on tests, Disability Services supports professors in the implementation of this accommodation by proctoring those tests in the office’s testing area.
Students who are approved for testing accommodations should adhere to the following procedures in order to use this accommodation:
- Obtain a Testing Request Form (TRF) from Disability Services or download it from the department’s website.
- Fill out the TRF with the professor and discuss which accommodations will be utilized.
- Return the completed TRF to Disability Services.
- Turn in the completed TRF no later than five business days prior to the first scheduled test.
- Complete one form per course for which they will be utilizing their testing accommodations.
- Follow the exam protocol set by the department and adhere to Georgia State’s Policy on Academic Honesty as stated in the Student Handbook.
Students who wish to inquire further about accommodated testing are welcome to browse the department’s website or contact the office at 404-413-1560. Students may also email queries to Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retrieved from Great Schools Partnership (2013), Test Accommodations Definition – The Glossary of Education Reform.